Abia Governorship Crisis Wait for Appeal court decision, AGF to Uchechukwu Ogah

 Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah and Gov.Ikpeazu

—–Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) yesterday advised that both Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah and Gov.Ikpeazu should wait for the outcome of the appeal before any action is taken.

——The Attorney General distanced himself from the controversy in a statement yesterday by Salihu Isah, his media assistant. Malami, who advised parties to the crisis to await the final resolution of the dispute by the courts, said he was yet to offer any legal opinion on the issue because no one has sought his opinion.

 Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is to remain in office pending the outcome of his appeal against last week’s judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) yesterday advised that Uchechukwu Ogah should wait for the outcome of the appeal before any action is taken.

A statement by his Special Adviser, Salihu Isah, said of particular concern was those who had peddled “ill-natured rumours with a view to misinforming Nigerians that the office and by extension, the Federal Government of Nigeria gave directives to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Certificate of Return to Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, declaring him Governor-Elect.”
“He has definitely not taken any action either by spoken words or body language as far as Abia governorship crisis is concerned,” it said.

“I wish to, therefore, on behalf of my principal declare that these rumours are untrue and a figment of the imagination of those pushing these selfish, shameless and irredeemable lies into public space which only translates to partisanship on the side of its purveyors.

“As far as the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation is concerned, the constitutional powers for the legal opinion of his office have not been invoked on this issue. So far, nobody has approached him to proffer any legal opinion to it.

“As a strong believer in the rule of law, it is his belief that the law should naturally take its cause. The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation will not be dragged into this controversy and mind-games being played out by the various legal minds and spin doctors of both camps at this point.

“The parties involved should await the decision of the courts. We advice those in the habit of dragging the highly esteemed Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice into knotty issue of this kind even when it is yet to take a position. They should desist from these unwarranted presumptions henceforth”, the statement further stated.

This statement was made following Justice Okon Abang’s order, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in compliance with the “forthwith” order of the court, issued a certificate of return to Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, the plaintiff favoured by the judgment, which found the governor guilty of tax certificate deficiencies

The AGF, stated that,iam a a strong believer in the rule of law, it is his belief that the law should naturally take its cause. The  Attorney General of the Federation will not be dragged into this controversy and mind-games being played out by the various legal minds and spin doctors of both camps at this point. The parties involved should await the decision of the courts.

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